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Ride2Survive - One Day of Pain in Exchange for the Hope of a Cure

Posted by: Heidi Nyline

As the team of Ride2Survive cyclists get ready for their big ride this Saturday, I keep find myself wondering why they are embarking on such an incredibly hard ride and with a goal of completing it in one day. After all, there are plenty of other long distance rides they could do that wouldn’t require starting at 3:30 in the morning and finishing off at something like 10:30 that same night, and include more than 12,000 feet of uphill riding (and some seriously scary downhill parts too).

So why do something so daunting? To see if they can? Cross it off a bucket list? Maybe for a few of them. But as I have gotten to know some of these riders I have come to realize there is a simpler reason.

It is supposed to hurt.

You see Ride2Survive didn’t begin as a riding event by a bunch of elite cyclists looking for the next big race. Ride2Survive’s roots came from a group of frustrated people, tired of having their friends, family, colleagues and children be diagnosed with cancer. They wanted to raise money to directly fund research to find a cure for this unforgiving disease.

What started as a bit of a dare between friends to see if this ride could be done in a day, Ride2Survive has become symbolic of what it is like to live with cancer for a day. One long, hard, painful, enduring day of cycling to help find a cure for all of the long, hard, painful, enduring days that cancer has inflicted on those they love. Six years ago, the Ride2Survive was born and has since raised more than $1.2 million.

Likely you are not going to do this ride, but on Saturday take a moment and think about the 100 riders out there riding through whatever weather faces them on that day. Riding up long, hard hills and back down the other side. Riding when they are beyond tired and beyond hurting. They are facing those hills not just to raise money to find a cure for their loved ones but so that you and your loved ones never have to face cancer either. It is a ride worth supporting and a bunch of cyclists worth admiring.

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